2017-07-20 / Front Page

Dunaway hands down sentences after hearing several guilty pleas

Waived jury trials and pleas were recently heard at the Lincoln County Courthouse. The presiding judge was Roger W. Dunaway Jr., senior judge for the Toombs Judicial Circuit.

The following cases were dis­posed of during the proceedings: l Adam Lewis Aycock pleaded guilty to one count of child molesta­tion (felony), and was sentenced to 15 years, with the first 10 years in confinement. He was given a bal­ance on probation and must adhere to the Sex Offender Conditions of Probation. l Courtney Coleman pleaded guilty to reckless conduct (misde­meanor). She was granted first of­fender status, and was sentenced to 12 months probation; fined $1,000 plus surcharges; must complete 80 hours of community service; and attend parenting classes. l Jon-Mark Boland pleaded guilty to child molestation (felony), and was charged with 15 years, with the first eight years in confinement. He was given a balance on probation and must adhere to the Sex Offender Conditions of Probation. l Michael Daniel Byrd pleaded guilty to obstruction of an officer (misdemeanor), and simple battery (misdemeanor), but was granted first offender status.

On the first count, Byrd was charged with 12 months probation and must attend anger manage­ment.

On the second count, he was charged to 12 months probation to run concurrent with the first count; he must pay a $500 fine including surcharges; and complete 30 hours of community service. l Peyton Ralph McCall pleaded guilty to child molestation (misde­meanor), and received first offender status. He must serve 12 months probation, and complete 80 hours of community service. l Hazel Jones pleaded guilty to discharge of a firearm near a highway (misdemeanor), and was sentenced to 12 months of proba­tion; she must pay a $300 fine plus surcharges; and complete 20 hours of community service. l Michael D. Smith Jr. pleaded guilty to aggravated assault (felony), and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony (felony).

Regarding the first count, Smith received eight years probation; he must enter and complete the Resi­dential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) state program; attend anger management; and he was issued the drug package.

The drug package is a special con­dition of probation which provides for drug treatment and counseling as well as random testing. It also requires the defendant to submit to searches of his person and/or prop­erty upon request.

On the second county, he received five years probation to run consecu­tive to the first count. l Michael D. Smith pleaded guilty to interference with govern­ment property (felony). He was charged with 15 years probation to run concurrent with a previous sentence, and must pay a restitution of $256.56. l Shanna Barden pleaded guilty to reckless conduct (misdemeanor), and was charged with 12 months probation; she must pay a fine of $500 plus surcharges; and must complete 40 hours of community service. l Claude Elton Spires Jr. pleaded guilty to criminal damage to property in the first degree. He was sentenced to four years probation; fined $750 plus surcharges; must complete 50 hours of community service; and must attend anger management.

Spires was granted first offender status and sentenced under the POM Act. This special condition of proba­tion gives probation officers the au­thority to directly place clients in a probation center should they violate the terms of sentencing. Previously, these individuals would have had to appear before a judge first. l Kendra Jackson pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled sub­stance (felony), and driving while license suspended or revoked (mis­demeanor).

On the first count, Jackson was sentenced to two years probation; she must pay a fine of $650 includ­ing surcharges; complete 40 hours of community service; and attend substance abuse counseling. She was charged under the POM Act.

Regarding the second count, she was sentenced to 12 months proba­tion to run concurrent with the first count, and she must pay a fine of $500 plus surcharges. l William Blake pleaded guilty to contributing to the unruliness of a minor (misdemeanor). He was granted first offender status and was sentenced to six months probation; must pay a fine of $250 including surcharges; and complete 10 hours of community service. l Brandon Stuart Goolsby plead­ed guilty to possession of cocaine (felony), possession of less than one ounce of marijuana (misde­meanor), and reckless driving (mis­demeanor).

On the first count, he was sen­tenced to two years probation; he must pay a fine of $1,000 including surcharges; complete 40 hours of community service; and the drug package. Goolsby was sentenced under the POM Act.

Regarding the second count, Goolsby was sentenced to 12 months probation to run concurrent with the first count; to pay a fine of $500 plus surcharges; and he must complete 40 hours of community service.

On the third count, he was sen­tenced to 12 months probation to run concurrent with the second count. l Eric Franklin Bussey pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute (felony), and failure to maintain lane (misde­meanor).

On the first count, Bussey was sentenced to three years probation; he must pay a fine of $1,000 includ­ing surcharges; must complete 60 hours of community service; and the drug package. He was sentenced under the POM Act.

Regarding the second count, Bussey was sentenced to 12 months probation to run concurrent with the first count. l Jennie Collins pleaded guilty to simple assault, and was sentenced to nine months probation; she must pay a fine of $300 including surcharges; complete 20 hours of community service; and attend anger manage­ment. l Mary McCook pleaded guilty to driving while license expired (mis­demeanor), and failure to maintain lane (misdemeanor).

On the first count, McCook was sentenced to 60 days confinement to run concurrent with a sentence she is already serving.

On the second count, she was sen­tenced to 60 days confinement to run concurrent with the first count.

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